25 Jul 2012
Comments Off on Paul’s Pull List – Red Hood and The Outlaws #11
Reviewed by Paul De Vries, yo.
4/5 stars: Fantastic!
Jason Todd owes the Joker a debt of gratitude. If that clown hadn’t beaten him with a crowbar and then blown him up, he would have just grown to be one of far too many vigilantes on the Gotham beat. Honestly, that’s got to be the worst city in the DC universe to live if even people with superpowers don’t wanna take advantage of the affordable housing.
Instead, he’s experienced the rejuvenating effects of Ra’s Al Ghul’s Lazarus Pits and come back to life as the Red Hood – which is an old alias of the Joker. But let’s be honest, Jason Todd wears it better.
And now his new title has him globe-trotting and genre-hopping in Red Hood and the Outlaws with his new friends, Roy Harper, the former sidekick of Green Arrow whose drug addiction derailed his career in the 1970s.
and Koriand’r aka Starfire, whose parading around in skimpy bikinis and sleeping with her fellow “outlaws” has caused much controversy. Although my research shows she has never been modest. Of course, her character was toned down for the Cartoon Network show Teen Titans. But none of that matters for now, because I’m reviewing issue #11, which is in the middle of a story arc where she’s wearing a full to toe astronaut suit…so what if it’s a little form-fitting?
But first, I’ll recap issue #10: Jason is on a date with a cute blonde flight attendant named Isabel when suddenly he is seemingly attacked by a big alien being named Orn who turns out to be a good friend of Koriand’r. He then teleports everyone (including Isabel) onto a ship called the “S.S. Starfire” so Koriand’r can help defend her home world from a race of aliens known as the Blight.
Issue #11 is narrated by Roy who is tied and beaten by the Blight. His first line is “Seriously? This is what passes for torture on your world? Pffft.” And who can blame him? He’s used to Bush era techniques. Soon he starts narrating the events that led to his capture.
I don’t know if it’s coincidence, but now that Starfire is wearing more clothing, she’s suddenly a more interesting character with leadership skills and a tragic past. Although, I’ll admit that it’s equally entertaining to see her looking and acting like a Jersey Shore Barbarella.
The art is flawless as always. Kenneth Rocafort is always playful with the panels rejecting conventional rectangles, overlapping them, and giving them borders to match the mood or scene. Okay, so sometimes I have trouble knowing when I’ve hit a two page spread, but I’m going to go ahead and blame my own intelligence for that one.
There’s a back up story, too, but it doesn’t really interact with the main story. I’m just glad I didn’t pay an extra dollar, although I guess that means that the main story had fewer pages.
Well, it felt like a deal at the time.